Cool Smashers' semis loss a learning experience for Valdez

Mark Escarlote on Jun 08, 2017 08:57 PM
Cool Smashers' semis loss a learning experience for Valdez
I think hindi mo rin mawawala siguro sa external factors na tuloy-tuloy rin ‘yung tournament, very tight schedule, wala pang pahinga for the past three weeks also. The recovery and rest, wala rin talaga -- Alyssa Valdez

Superstar Alyssa Valdez saw a silver lining in Creamline’s semifinals exit in the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference.

The three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player considered their Final Four stint as an overachievement considering that the Cool Smashers started on a wrong foot and had to work their way up to challenge the might of BaliPure in the best-of-three semifinals that went the distance.   

“We wanna think that way talaga kasi as a new team, mahirap talaga kalabanin ‘yung mga core na team, and very consistent na team like BaliPure, Pocari Sweat, Power Smashers, Perlas, lalo na Perlas and Air Force, 'di ba?,” said Valdez.

The Cool Smashers bid for a Finals appearance ended with an 18-25, 13-25, 16-25, loss in the series decider at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City Thursday.

Valdez finished with 13 points with 10 coming off attacks in Creamline’s only straight sets defeat so far in the tournament.    

The Water Defenders drew first blood, 22-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-21, last Saturday but the Cool Smashers extended the series with a 24-26, 25-18, 18-25, 25-16, 16-14, win last Tuesday.

Valdez admitted that fatigue also played a big factor in their disappointing defeat. Creamline had to go through the round robin quarterfinals and barely had time to rest.  

“I think hindi mo rin mawawala siguro sa external factors na tuloy-tuloy rin ‘yung tournament, very tight schedule, wala pang pahinga for the past three weeks also. The recovery and rest, wala rin talaga,” said Valdez, who played in Thailand with club team 3BB Nakornnont from January until early May. “So hindi natin mawawala, we have to take that into consideration also. And definitely as a young team like Creamline, ‘yung game talaga namin very inconsistent, hindi pa kami very cohesive and nagje-jell every time as a team.”

"Ako kasi hindi naman sa ganun, siguro 'yung katawan ko lang ang nagsasabi (na pagod na). Pero ako personally, mentally you have to be tough as an athlete, you really can't just dwell on all the things, sa pagod din. Kasi kahit sa isang rally, mapapagod at mapapagod ka, you really have to fight talaga sa mga ganyang bagay," she added. "But definitely yung mismong katawan mo talaga ang magsasabi sayo na you really have to rest and recover."

The Cool Smashers and the Power Smashers will face off in a best-of-three battle for third starting Saturday.

 

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